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LAUSD superintendent still hopeful for a mid-April reopening of elementary schools

Trinidad Hernandez, a food service manager at First Street Elementary in East Los Angeles gets her COVID-19 vaccine at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Monday, March 1, 2021. In partnership with the L.A. Rams, Anthem Blue Cross and Cedars-Sinai the site at SoFi Stadium will vaccinate 12,000 LAUSD employees per day. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks during a press conference at SoFi Stadium, to announce the opening of one of the nation’s la...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, La, Government, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Gavin Newsom, Inglewood, Legislature, Anthem Blue Cross, Board of Supervisors


LA City Council will boost unarmed crisis response, universal basic income to reinvest LAPD dollars

In December, Mayor Eric Garcetti took the unusual step of vetoing a City Council plan for reinvesting Los Angeles police department dollars into communities of color. Garcetti said he would be happy to sign off on a revised proposal that included some changes, including the creation of an unarmed crisis response program to respond to 911 calls, especially when it involves someone experiencing a mental health episode. The mayor will get that chance on Tuesday, March 2. A revamped spending plan sh...
Tags: Business, Politics, Hollywood, News, Minnesota, Education, Government, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Gop, Community, City Council, Lapd, Eric Garcetti


Coronavirus cases, deaths continue to dip as a million more in LA County become vaccine-eligible

A whole new slate of folks who live or work in Los Angeles County are now eligible to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, officials announced Monday, March 1, as the county’s inoculation program continues to move forward. The county on Monday expanded those eligible for the vaccine to include people who work in education, child care, food, agriculture, emergency services and law enforcement. About 30% of the county’s vaccine allocation will be set aside specifically for educators, Los Angele...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Soccer, Food And Drug Administration, Community, Lausd, Los Angeles County, Johnson Johnson, Ferrer, LA County, SeaWorld San Diego, Barbara Ferrer


Newsom, lawmakers forge deal – with $6.6 billion in financial incentives – to get schools open

Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders are scheduled to give an update this morning on the state’s school reopening efforts, during which they are expected to announce an agreement that would offer billions of dollars in funding for schools that reopen by the end of March. Newsom and lawmakers have been negotiating for two months over bringing kids back to school, amid mounting pressure to reopen campuses closed nearly a year by the coronavirus pandemic. Newsom will be joined by Senate leader...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Cdc, Government, Senate, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Community, Atkins, Associated Press, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Johnson Johnson


LAUSD to receive extra vaccine doses, keeping alive hope of reopening elementary schools in April

Gov. Gavin Newsom has agreed to set aside 25,000 additional COVID-19 vaccine doses over the next two weeks for Los Angeles Unified school employees, Superintendent Austin Beutner said Monday, Mar. 1, in an announcement that keeps alive the superintendent’s hope of reopening elementary schools in April. “This is a game-changer,” Beutner said during his weekly community update. “This plan will allow us to complete during the next two weeks vaccinations for school staff who are already working at s...
Tags: News, Education, Cdc, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Gavin Newsom, Inglewood, Anthem Blue Cross, Johnson Johnson, District, Knott, Hollywood Park, LA County, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley, March 1-8

  A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, February 21, 2020, officially opened the 257-acre, $6.7 million Hidden Creeks parkland in the Chatsworth Hills. The space is located in Browns Canyon Road above the 118 Freeway at De Soto Avenue. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences. Here’s a sampling of online meetings in the San Fernando Valley.   Wings Over Wendy’s: Veterans of all serv...
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LA County, city, school-district sites gear up for Monday’s massive new wave of vaccine-seekers

With an estimated 1.2 million more people eligible for coronavirus vaccines on Monday, March 1, Los Angeles County will operate with its largest-ever infrastructure for delivering the sought-after inoculations this week. But health officials said residents will have to be patient while vaccine supplies remain thin and sporadic, and while staff are being trained to tighten up procedures to ensure only eligible people receive shots. County health officials expressed hope that conditions will impro...
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LA County reports 1,730 new COVID-19 cases, 94 deaths

Los Angeles County reported 1,730 new cases of COVID-19 and 94 additional deaths on Saturday, Feb. 27, while the number of coronavirus patients in county hospitals continued to trend downward. According to state figures — which are typically a day ahead of county numbers — there were 1,661 COVID-19 patients in L.A. County hospitals, down from 1,733 on Friday. That’s well below the peak of more than 8,000 patients in early January and the lowest level recorded since Nov. 22. Officials cautioned t...
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LAUSD parents rally for campuses to reopen

Los Angeles Unified School District parents and students rallied outside of the Federal Building in Westwood to demand schools reopen on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. The school district is currently still negotiating with the local teachers union on how to reopen schools. (Photo by Trevor Stamp, Contributing Photographer) Los Angeles Unified School District parents and students rallied outside of the Federal Building in Westwood to demand schools reopen on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021. The school dis...
Tags: News, Education, Senate, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Anthony Fauci, Federal Building, Andrew, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, LA County, Los Angeles Unified School District, Westwood, Boyle Heights


Here’s what’s next for West Covina, as it builds its own health department

The West Covina City Council made a bold statement by voting to terminate services with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health last week as the community — and other local cities, many contemplating their own such moves — looked on. The hard part, however, lies ahead: Creating a team that can deliver all the state-mandated services of an independent health department. It’s not just the roles amplified during the county’s response to COVID-19 outbreak, but also scores of other tasks i...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, Senate, Paul Simon, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Healthcare, Community, Lausd, City Council, Pasadena, Amy


L.A. County allocates 11% of coronavirus vaccines to teachers as LAUSD mega-clinic launches Monday

Of the nearly 270,000 coronavirus vaccine doses that Los Angeles County officials plan to administer next week, just over 31,000 — or 11% — will go to vaccinate educators, including those in the mammoth L.A. Unified School District. After second doses for those already with appointments are accounted for, the county will have about 100,000 doses for first-time recipients next week as nearly 1.8 million more people become eligible for inoculations on Monday, March 1. L.A. Unified will open one of...
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L.A. County allocates 11% of coronavirus vaccines to teachers – as new LAUSD mega-clinic launches

Of the nearly 270,000 coronavirus vaccine doses that Los Angeles County officials plan to administer next week, just over 31,000 — or 11% — will go to vaccinate educators, including those in the mammoth L.A. Unified School District. After second doses for those already with appointments are accounted for, the county will have about 100,000 doses for first-time recipients next week as nearly 1.8 million more people become eligible for inoculations on Monday, March 1. L.A. Unified will open one of...
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Academic Decathlon team from El Camino Real Charter HS win independent regional competition again

  The Academic Decathlon team, 2020-2021, from El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills. (Photo collage by Stephanie Franklin)   The Academic Decathlon team from El Camino Real Charter High School in Woodland Hills won the Southern California Independent Charter Academic Decathlon Regional Competition, held virtually on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6. The nine members are Ayan Ahmed, Patrick Chau, Mackenna Daum, William Fitzmorris, Brian Friedman, Chantelle Miller, Collin Origer, Eden Ozeri...
Tags: Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, High School, Lausd, Local News, Grant High School, Southern California, Woodland Hills, LA County, San Fernando Valley, LA City Council, Top Stories LADN, Valley Glen


LA County hospitalizations for COVID-19 reach lowest levels since before winter surge

Less than 2,000 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in Los Angeles as of Thursday, Feb. 25, reaching the lowest levels since before the winter surge that began with Thanksgiving gatherings three months ago. As of Thursday, there were 1,886 people in L.A. County hospitals that tested positive for the coronavirus, based on a state database. Roughly 30% of the patients were in intensive care units. A similar number of hospitalized patients last occurred Nov. 25, when 1,893 people were recorded h...
Tags: Health, News, Education, California, Government, China, Los Angeles, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Pfizer, Pasadena, LA County, Wednesday Long Beach


LA County unveils plan to vaccinate teachers, other essential workers, starting March 1

Teachers in Los Angeles County can begin receiving the coronavirus vaccine on Monday, March 1 — but just how many doses will be available for educators will depend on supply, which is still just an estimate. Among the slightly more than 200,000 vaccine doses that officials expect, 25% to 29% will go toward teachers and administrators, with 9% of those doses going to private school teachers and staff. First priority for doses goes to those with second-dose appointments. The remainder will be divi...
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LAUSD parents want special ed teachers – especially those eligible for vaccines – back on campus

In the ongoing debate over how soon educators should return to in-person work, some Los Angeles Unified parents are fuming over the revelation that certain employees who work with special education students have been eligible for COVID-19 vaccinations since January but have yet to provide in-person services to some of the district’s most vulnerable students. Generally speaking, those who work in schools won’t have access to the vaccines until next week under L.A. County’s priority system, but so...
Tags: News, Education, White House, Disney, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Inglewood, Johnson Johnson, U S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, District, Bailey, Aguilar, United Teachers Los Angeles


The LA Conservation Corps assembling pallet dwellings for homeless around Los Angeles

Pallet’s prefabricated shelters are assembled at Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village along the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The tiny homes will house residents experiencing homelessness. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Pallet’s prefabricated shelters are assembled at Alexandria Park Tiny Home Village along the 170 Freeway in North Hollywood on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. The tiny homes will house residents experiencing homelessness. (Ph...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Fema, Community, Homeless, Seattle, Orange County, Norwalk, Corps, San Fernando Valley


Analysis of proposed LA city ‘hero pay’ measure warns of possible layoffs, higher costs

Los Angeles city officials, weighing a potential mandate on grocery stores to provide “hero pay” increases to essential workers, have released a 21-page analysis of the potential economic impacts. The assessment concluded that it could lead to higher pay for workers that could be funneled back into a recovering  economy — but it also warned of potential layoffs or reductions to employee work hours. Struggling grocers, particularly independent shops, could be under more pressure and could even cl...
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LA County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus deaths

A day after the nation surpassed the jolting milestone of 500,000 lives lost to the pandemic, Los Angeles County surpassed its own grim milestone on Tuesday, Feb. 23 — 20,000 COVID-19-related deaths. The county reported another 157 deaths on Tuesday. For the family and friends of the 20,057 people claimed by the outbreak — fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and grandparents … nurses, doctors, teachers, law officers, grocery workers and so many more — that number is very real and very painful. R...
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With more federal coronavirus relief likely, LA County scrutinizes impact of CARES dollars

Gearing up for more federal coronavirus relief money, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Feb. 23, called for a detailed report on the impact of CARES Act dollars the county received last year. A key element of the 2020 CARES Act was the Coronavirus Relief Fund, through which the county received $1.057 billion. Coupled with state funding, county coronavirus aid totaled $1.22 billion, which helped pay for such efforts as virus testing, food distribution, personal protective eq...
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LA County officials have harsh words for coronavirus vaccine inequity – and line-jumping cheaters

Just one week away from expanding eligibility for the coronavirus vaccine by up to 1.8 million people, Los Angeles County officials are worried the online system required by the state to book appointments will continue to pose challenges in communities hit hardest by the pandemic. Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Hilda Solis said on Tuesday, Feb. 23, that she was “not surprised,” but nonetheless “disgusted” by certain people using any means necessary to obtain vaccine doses. “I can tell you I was...
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Younger students in Santa Clarita-area districts returning to campus

Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Frandson shows Cecilia Johnson, 5, how to use hand sanitizer in her Valencia Valley Elementary School classroom in Santa Clarita as students return for in person learning on Monday, February 22, 2021 since the pandemic began. First and second graders return on Wednesday for hybrid learning. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Kindergartners return to Valencia Valley Elementary School in Santa Clarita for the first time since the pandemic began o...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Sports, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Blue Shield, Valencia, Southern California, Melody, Saugus, Santa Clarita


Inspectors find ‘deficiencies’ at virus test lab in Valencia

By DON THOMPSON | The Associated Press Inspectors found “significant deficiencies” at California’s new coronavirus testing laboratory, problems that state officials on Monday, Feb. 22, partly blamed on the rapid ramp-up they required from the lab’s private operator under terms of a $1.4 billion contract. A fraction of 1% of the more than 1.5 million tests processed at the Valencia Branch Laboratory had problems, the state said in a preliminary report, but Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. ...
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LAUSD superintendent believes April 9 reopening still feasible for elementary schools

Los Angeles Unified schools Superintendent Austin Beutner on Monday, Feb. 22, doubled down on his challenge to elected officials to get elementary campuses in the nation’s second-largest school district up and running by April 9, insisting it can be done if vaccines are prioritized for school employees. And in anticipation that a more general school reopening can occur by then, the district will resume providing child care, one-one-one and small group instruction, special education services and ...
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‘Partial herd immunity’ emerging, but some challenge the value of that status

It was nearly a year ago when Gov. Gavin Newsom, not long into a statewide lockdown, referenced the elephant in the COVID-19 room: herd immunity. The concept was frightening to many; with no vaccine in sight, they feared the only way it could be attained was for the virus to have infected enough people to have run out of hosts. Estimates of the looming toll at the time were chilling: as many as 840,000 Californians dead and 1.4 million seriously ill. National, state and local officials, meanwhil...
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LAUSD announces app to coordinate COVID-19 factors in step toward reopening

The Los Angeles Unified School District on Monday, Feb. 22, announced the launch of “Daily Pass,” the first comprehensive system in the nation that coordinates health checks, COVID-19 tests and vaccinations in one online tool. The district called Daily Pass “a critical component of Los Angeles Unified’s ‘Safe Steps to Safe Schools’ reopening plan. “The Daily Pass sets the highest standard possible for school safety,” said LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner. “MERV-13 upgraded air filters in ever...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Microsoft, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Southern California, Microsoft Corp, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified, Austin Beutner


Newsom touts new Southern California vaccine pop-ups as counties transition to Blue Shield network

Gov. Gavin Newsom visited two federally funded pop-up coronavirus vaccination sites in Southern California on Sunday, Feb. 21, part of a statewide tour of such spots aimed at immunizing the state’s hardest-hit communities. The visit coincided with the launch of the transition to a new centralized system — which will include Riverside County in its first wave — to manage the state’s thus-far bumpy rollout of the badly needed vaccine. Newsom, flanked by several local elected leaders, said the mobi...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, California, Government, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Public Health, Soccer, Associated Press, Pfizer, Blue Shield, Orange County, Riverside County


Why some senior living communities are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines for their residents

Residents at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina, Tom Rathman, left, Matthew Richardson, and Gene Trinaystich, right, wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Healtat the Bridgecreek Hol...
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Why some independent senior communities are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines for their residents

Residents at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina, Tom Rathman, left, Matthew Richardson, and Gene Trinaystich, right, wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Healtat the Bridgecreek Hol...
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New vaccine delivery system launches in parts of California

By JANIE HAR, AMY TAXIN and KATHLEEN RONAYNE |  The Associated Press California’s new system of delivering, tracking and scheduling coronavirus vaccines is being rolled out in select counties, a first step in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to smooth out what has been a confusing and disjointed rollout hampered by limited national supply. Newsom announced last month that his administration had tapped insurer Blue Shield to design and manage a centralized system to get doses out quickly and equitably. H...
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